Birmingham and Bradford, UK – 1980s

Travelling without moving far

Tales from two cities - travels of another kind by Dervla Murphy Tales From Two Cities – Travels of another sort by Dervla Murphy

If I’d researched more thoroughly, I might not have read Dervla Murphy’sTales From Two Cities and that would have been my loss. Having previously enjoyed A Winter in Baltistan, I was expecting a travel book and had been looking forward to seeing two places I know (Bradford, fleetingly and Birmingham, in depth) through the eyes of another.

As soon as my copy arrived, I realised this was a different kind of book. Murphy called it ‘Travels of another sort’, which offers a flavour of what follows.

Again, poor research, I’d thought she’d spent time in Bradford and Birmingham after the riots in the mid eighties, but Murphy has a far better nose for a story than that. She was already living in Bradford when the battle for Drummond School happened and she provides a breathtaking…

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About jatkinson1977

I'm in my 30s and married to Sharon, the beautiful woman who keeps me in check. We live in Shipley, just outside Bradford, with our black lab, Nipper. I'm an English teacher in secondary school and, after working as a Teaching & Learning Consultant with the local authority, have returned to the classroom to become a Lead Professional in English at a large comp in Bradford. I'm also trying to become a little more cultured, especially by seeing what culture's right here on my doorstep in Bradford and West Yorkshire (please see my blog, 'Am I Kulchad Yet?'). I've got a third and final blog which is filled with things that, essentially, don't fit into the other two but are interesting enough to share (please see my blog, 'Things That Occur To Me').
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